Rwanda to host IT education forum next month

Rwanda International Conference on Technology in Education (RICTE), a forum for education-related technologies, is scheduled for next month in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

Minister for education Vincent Biruta said the forum will enable different countries to demonstrate their achievements in using technology to improve the quality of education.
This will be the Rwanda’s first-ever conference targeting Information and technology use in the country’s education system.

Educationists including Prof. Tolly S.A. Mbwette from Open University of Tanzania (OUT) and Ineke Buskens, a South Africa-based independent consultant firm, are expected to attend.
Professor Nicholas Negroponte who heads One-Laptop-Per-Child Initiative (OLPC) will make a special appearance.
OLPC has made a remarkable stint in Rwanda as Negroponte points out as it has enabled e-learning in primary schools — by facilitating computer skills lessons to pupils in primary schools.
According to OLPC’s national coordinator, nearly 116,000 laptops have been dispatched to 227 schools and its now on the second phase and targets to reach out to about 420 schools.
Biruta said technologist and education specialist will share a platform that will aim to foster technology in education across the globe.

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Switzerland, India, Germany and Thailand have confirmed participation.
Rwanda Education Board (REB) has organised the conference.

It will take place on September 5 to 7 at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

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